By: Isaiah S. Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
LINCOLN PARK, N.J. — Pamela Shamari is the founder of Christian Connect, and she hosted “The Fire and Oil Art Show” for the second time opening a platform for Christian artists from South Jersey and beyond to display their God-given talent.
The Christian International Church in Lincoln Park, N.J. was the venue and artists took advantage of the opportunity Shamari presented to them. Shamari wants everyone who has a gift to not to sit on it but to use it in the boldest way possible; and she desperately wants to create fun events, because she believes that Christians can host awesome fun events, too.
“I really want people to flourish in their God given destiny,” said Shamari. “Christian Connect exists to give people that opportunity to show their talents to the world, our talents are not meant to be buried underneath the ground.”
Ashley Henry is one of the artists representing South Jersey who brought her original artwork called Oh Come to the Altar because it symbolizes how God no longer needs people to burn sacrifices of animals, but that Jesus is and was the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of man and to lay down our lives for him.
Joshua Tull is a spoken word artist who did a piece incorporating not only his voice but his body with hints of acting as well with a piece he calls Fire & Oil in honor of the show. Tull’s message is to watch what you get caught up in especially if it does not have anything to do with God; focus and plug into the right source, the source is God.
Heather Strazza shared at the show how God miraculously healed her from a car accident and swelling of her brain in a shorter amount of time than the doctors predicted.
“They said I was not going to make it,” said Strazza. “They gave me another CAT scan, and they said we don’t know how to tell you this, but your brain is healed but it’s like nothing ever happened to it. I got into recovery mode in four weeks when they said it would take a year.”
Special shout out to all the artists in attendance and Pamela Shamari for providing the platform. You are definitely What’s Good in South Jersey this week!
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